March 11 Pandemic Task Team Update

3/11/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2021

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

We have hit the one year mark of journeying together along this pandemic path and there are still so many things that we do not know and cannot predict. However, a year later we do know some best practices to utilize in efforts to reduce the risk of transmitting the coronavirus. 

In this update, the pandemic task team expressed a desire to share with you the conversations around how they arrive at guidance and updates for the Mississippi Conference. In this video update, a panel of three pandemic task team members share what the team considers when they gather. Click here or on the image below to watch this update. 

Information from the Video

Best Practices for those resuming (or considering) in-person:

  1. Gold standard – wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, social distance at least six feet apart
  2. Project hymns on screen, minimizing touch by not using hymn books
  3. Use mitigation devices: bipolar ionization and ultraviolet light
  4.  Temperature checks
  5. Use digital bulletin, reduce touch by not handing out bulletins
  6. Use individual Communion cups
  7. Place common collection plate at entrance or exit; no passing the plate
  • Submit your questions, comments and requests for assistance from the team to news@mississippi-umc.org.
  • To reference the COVID guidelines the conference produced on resuming in-person worship, click here
  • Find all pandemic task team updates here
  • For more information about drive thru vaccination sites across the state, click here

The team is discerning guidance for in-person and non in-person activities during Holy Week. Look to hear about that update next week.

Praying that your soul prospers as your health prospers,

The Mississippi Conference Pandemic Task Team
                Dr. Marcus Gaut                             Dr. Bob Ford
                Dr. Steve Shirley                            Dr. Thais Walden
                Mrs. Lynette Harris                        Mrs. Sarah King
                Rev. Haywood Hannah                  Rev. Trey Skaggs
                Rev. Dr. Joe Ranager                    Mrs. Jamie Beatty
                Mr. Cameron Cloud
 
Ex-officio members:
                Bishop James E. Swanson Sr.      Rev. Vickie White
                Rev. Dayna Goff                            Rev. Fred Britton
                Miss Jasmine Haynes                   Mr. Mike Howington


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